You don’t have to pay a lot to get good self-care products. You can make just about anything yourself, in your home. It’s fun, pretty easy, and they will be unique. Plus you avoid all those nasty additives. Here are three recipes to get you going.
1/2 cup almond or olive oil infused with herbs 1/4 cup coconut oil 1/4 cup beeswax You can infuse the oil with herbs by letting them soak in the oil for six weeks. But if you’re impatient, you use heat.
Take 50-75 g of dried herb, or 75-100 g fresh herbs. (It’s best to choose only one herb, or at the most two so you’re certain of the properties your hand cream will have.) Add oil to just cover the herbs. Place the oil and herbs in a jar with a tight lid over a pan of softly boiling water. Allow it to infuse for 2 hours, making sure the water does not boil away! Stir every half hour or so. When it’s done, strain off the herbs.
Here are some examples of herbs you can use: Marigold – Calming, softening Ginger – Warming, mild pain relief Lavender – Calming Peppermint – Cooling Rose – Softening Comfrey – Healing
To make the hand cream
Add the ingredients to a large glass jar. Add a couple of inches of water to a medium sized saucepan, and place it over medium heat. Loosely put a lid on the jar, and place it in the saucepan. Shake or stir occasionally so the ingredients mix properly. When everything is melted, and pour it onto what you plan to store it in and let it cool. The container you choose has to be able to take the heat, so it won’t melt when you’re pouring the oils into it.
This is a face mask against big pores 2 tbsp of dried herbs (Yarrow, Horsetail, and Sage help against big pores) 3 dl (~10.1 fl oz) of boiling water Pour the water over the dried herbs. Let it sit 15 minutes and strain. The infusion can be combined with milk, honey, Lemon or apple cider vinegar.
- Cedar oil – soothing for sore feet
- Epsom salt – helps tired, aching feet
- Lavender – helps against sweating (mixed with rosemary) and tired, aching feet
- Apple cider vinegar – Regular foot baths with 1 part vinegar and 8 parts water removes the smell.
Start by putting your feet in a bath with 5-10 drops of aroma oil in 3 l of water. Rest for 15 minutes. Rub hard areas and dead skin with a pumice stone or a brush. Massage the top of your feet and knead the underside to relieve tensions and help the circulation. Remember to add a good foot cream afterward.
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